The Canine Flu: Symptoms, Prevention & Treatment

When it comes to keeping your dog healthy, you may not realize that he could become sick with a type of influenza. However, there are specific Type A influenza viruses that do affect dogs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While there has been no evidence of humans being affected by canine influenza viruses, these viruses are constantly changing and mutating. Although the risk is possible, the CDC considers canine influenza viruses to be a low threat to humans. Fortunately for dogs, the canine flu is both preventable and treatable. 5 Points Animal Hospital can help you and your dog deal with the canine flu. We can vaccinate your dog to protect him from this virus. In addition, we can also provide the right treatments. We would like to tell you more about the canine flu.

What are the symptoms of the canine flu?

Not every dog who has the canine flu shows the signs of this illness. However, symptoms include cough, runny nose, eye discharge, lethargy, fever, and lack of appetite. If you notice any of these symptoms,or if you feel like your dog is not feeling well, contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital. Although the canine flu usually is not serious, it could develop into secondary bacterial infections that could lead to pneumonia.

How can the canine flu be prevented?

There are vaccines available for both strains (H3N8 and H3N2) of the canine influenza virus. Fortunately, 5 Points Animal Hospital has these vaccines in our office. We can talk to you about the chances of your dog being exposed to either of these strains. If you decide to have your dog vaccinated against the canine flu, we can do so.

How is the canine flu treated?

If we find that your dog has been exposed to the canine flu virus, we can provide supportive care to help your dog mount an immune response. This care involves medication to make your dog feel more comfortable. Plus, we’ll give them plenty of fluids to keep your dog hydrated. If your dog has developed a more serious bacterial infection, we can prescribe broad spectrum antibiotics to fight the infection.

At the time of this writing, no cases of canine influenza have been documented in Nashville. Having said that, there have been 4 documented cases in East Tennessee thus far. The virus appears to be spreading across the country at a steady pace. Therefore, we want to make sure that we are providing protection for our patients by offering a vaccine for canine influenza.

A healthy dog is a happy dog! Contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to make an appointment for an examination in our office. We can give you tips on how to keep your dog as healthy as possible!

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